The Washington Traffic Safety Commission has released the results of its recent holiday "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, and it shows that 119 motorists were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Statewide, law enforcement arrested 2723 drivers during the holiday DUI emphasis patrols.
The numbers of motorists arrested in Thurston County during the recent DUI campaign are exactly equal to the number of motorists arrested here last year. In 2012, 119 motorists were arrested for DUI.
During the recent DUI emphasis, officers from Chehalis Tribal Police, Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater and Yelm Police Departments, the Thurston County Sheriff's Office and the Washington State Patrol all participated.
Washington State Patrol Trooper Guy Gill said that all too often, troopers must deal with the tragic outcomes of DUI crashes.
"When a driver makes the choice to get behind the wheel and drive impaired, he or she puts a lot of people at risk," Gill said. "Our goal is to reduce collisions. We will achieve that by removing as many impaired drivers from our roads as possible."
The extra holiday patrols are part of Target Zero - a program that strives to end traffic deaths and serious motor vehicle injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, go to targetzero.com.
Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 firstname.lastname@example.org